I still receive newsletters from a lot of TH’ing clubs even though I stopped doing the WET column years ago, and while I enjoy reading them they are a constant reminder of how much things have changed and just how out of touch I am.
One recent newsletter contained a flyer for a forthcoming club hunt and while I no longer attend these events I couldn’t help but notice the cost. It was a two-day hunt and if you wanted to participate in the main events it would cost you $165 in advance or $250 after a certain date. Now I am not adverse to spending money but damn that’s too rich for my blood and these prices did not include gas, lodging or meals.
Now I know there’s always the chance you “might” win a metal detector or dig up a few silver coins, but when all is said and done wouldn’t it be a lot easier to take that money and buy the detector you really want or invest it in a few key date coins that over time will increase in value? And please, I know all about the camaraderie thing but unless you can spit nickels or pay a few of my bills, no way I am spending that kind of money.
Another item I saw that blew my mind was a for sale ad that read “Need to sell… wife says eight detectors too many”. Really? Only eight? Why not ten or twenty? I mean hell you never know when the first seven might break down! Call me old school if you want…I just don’t get it…sorry!
So tell me. How much you are willing to pay for a seeded hunt and how many detectors you own?
Come on now, at least I didn’t start this post off with “when I was a kid”…..
MORE ON THE MASSACHUSETTS PETITION
A few people had questions about the Massachusetts petition effort I recently shared and thanks to Allyson Cohen from the Task Force, I received the following email:
BUBBA AND BARFORD
John Howland sent me the following for the Malamute Saloon but since it’s short I thought I would share it here as well. It is of course about our dear friend in Warsaw….the ever present, all-knowing and self anointed archaeologist, Paul Barford (a.k.a. Warsaw Wally).
“The United States of America became the envy of the world because we welcomed the best and brightest minds from anywhere on the planet and gave them the opportunity to succeed” (I guess the dunces went East, Dick) ……Naveen Jain
I’ll see you in the bar